With regard to writer’s block I pay no homage to the muse. Looking outside for some kind of magical movement of the planets aligning over your keyboard leads to long periods of inactivity and a drought of inspired thoughts.
Instead, I suggest tapping the endless reserve called the heart of man. In the heart resides an eternal spring.
Jesus invited you to drink from this well of wellness;
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14 KJV)
And here in the well of life there’s also a store of stories, an abounding overflow of encouraging words, and songs without number that you can share with the world.
“Words of wisdom are like a fresh flowing brook – like deep waters that spring forth from within, bubbling up inside the one with understanding.” Proverbs 18:4, PASSION
The thing is, it takes time to dig deep enough to open up the flow, but once you are there, there’s no limit to the life you can pour out in generous service to your fellow men and women.
Don’t dig by thinking. Don’t excavate by hoping or even praying.
Sure you’ll exercise all of the above in your efforts to serve, but there’s only one way to hit the gusher and open the fountain…
For me as a writer the word “dig” is translated from the root Hebrew verb meaning WRITE. What a revelation!
For you, the root that will cause you to shoot up and put out branches might translate “dig” as PAINT, or SING, or PLAY, or BUILD, or SHOOT, or MIX, or STIR, or CRAFT.
It’s amazing how a word as small as “dig’ can be so multi-faceted.
Joking aside, here’s how I cured writer’s block.
Unblock the well
You have a clear channel to an infinite reserve.
Like Isaac of old, you may find the Philistines of insecurity, fears, procrastination, and perfectionism have shoveled their junk into the shaft, but with faith and action, you can unblock those waterways and become the recipient (and the conduit) of a glorious gusher.
Step over your self-judgments and just do it.
I write every day. It is so much a part of my habit now I don’t ask if I feel like it, or if inspiration is present. I am present, so is my iPad, and the Holy Ghost lives in me. Inspiration hits the second I hit the key.
God-in-you makes for favourable odds that something will spring up if you let down the bucket.
Once your creative habit is established, you’ve done the hard part. Now it’s just a matter of coming to the wellspring each day to keep the conduits clear. You do that by drawing water. You keep the fluid moving.
Make it public
Second key to endless production? Make your work public.
That way you’ll be holding yourself accountable to ship something of value each and every day. The hunger of the world for quality content remains unabated, and the vacuum that exists for all you have to bring will suck the good stuff from your heart continually (in the best possible way). Put yourself in the gravitational demand for passion-filled quality work, and marvelous creative work will be drawn from your heart.
Find someone to serve, a company of people you can build and encourage, and commit your creativity to produce something refreshing for them as often as you are able. It may be daily, weekly, or some other schedule, but keep it regular and commit to delivering.
Taken together, creative habit + commitment to go public makes for a muse-tapping, well-drawing, machine that never fails to deliver something refreshing and new.
Oh, and one final note. Some days are more awesome than others, but done is better than perfect, so don’t get too hung up on every shot flying out of the ball park. Just keep swinging.
There’s ALWAYS a good word, song, or image to share!